"Alchemy As Autobiography" & "The Fundamentals of Alchemy"



October 16 & 17, 2020

8 CEs Available total



In response to concerns about the coronavirus,
The Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida is sorry to announce that it has to postpone the upcoming March 20-21 Alchemy lecture and workshop by Janet Muff, MSN, RN, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.

That is the bad news. But the good news is that we have already been able to reschedule the events for October 16-17. So on Friday evening, October 16, Ms. Muff will be lecturing on Alchemy as Autobiography from 7:30-9:30 pm, and on Saturday, March 21, she will be offering her workshop on The Fundamentals of Alchemy from 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

We will hold the lecture and workshop at the same location,
Embassy Suites by Hilton, 1100 SE 17th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 33316

We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have already registered to attend the workshop, we will credit you for the rescheduled one in October. Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope to see you there on October 16 & 17!

Stay safe everyone!
The Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida

Event Descriptions


Alchemy As Autobiography 

Friday, March 20th

Wine & Cheese: We will have a lovely reception in the Atrium with drinks and appetizers.


Each alchemical manuscript represents a particular individual’s intimate conversation with Nature in all its many forms – Mother Nature, human nature, his or her own nature, and the nature of situations and circumstances. The ideas of alchemy and the images from alchemical manuscripts have always seemed obscure, confusing, and often irrelevant to contemporary life. That will all be changed in this presentation. Ms. Muff will describe the principles of alchemy and the alchemical process presented in the manuscript Atalanta Fugiens, which she has studied and personally conversed with for 20 years. She will describe the ways in which this manuscript helped her find meaning in her life and analytic work, and how it can help others in similar ways.

Following the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the parallels between alchemical and psychological dynamics; and
  • Recognize the initiatory role of Eros and Enmity in alchemical and psychological dynamics.

2 CEs Available

The Fundamentals of Alchemy

Saturday, March 21st

Early alchemists viewed themselves in the tradition of ancient philosophers. They longed to understand Nature in its many expressions – material and spiritual – including human nature and human predicaments. They worked phenomenologically, observing the reactions that took place in their alchemical retorts and also in themselves, realizing that what was happening in their laboratories corresponded with what was happening in their lives. They saw that they themselves were alchemical vessels. Through difficulty and suffering, eros and enmity, their own metals were being tortured; change was wrought in their psychological and physical ways of being.

Analyst James Hillman says, “Alchemy is a prolonged witness to mad men at work upon themselves.” Ms. Muff’s suggests that we have much to learn from these pioneers in the field of human dynamics. The proper study of alchemy is experiential, not academic: we can find wisdom in the ashes of our own life experiences.

As an ongoing conversation with the collective unconscious, Ms. Muff will explore ideas that informed alchemy, the alchemical imagination and its value, both for one’s personal lives and clinical work. She will elaborate on the first series of emblems from the Atalanta Fugiens to demonstrate the ways in which alchemy may help us understand our selves, our patients, and the fatefulness of the human condition as well as how the events of our lives can help us to better understand the complex and elusive ideas of alchemy.

Following the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the parallels between alchemical/elemental reactions and human emotional and physical responses;
  • Integrate the alchemical maxim “As Above, So Below” with the psychological emergence of spiritual and instinctual forces;
  • Relate the alchemical principle of “Correspondences” to Jung’s ideas of the Collective Unconscious and Synchronicity;
  • Critique the alchemical principle of “Celestial Agriculture” as it connects to the seeds that are sown in a human life – through biological inheritance, circumstance and fate;
  • Compare how psychology and alchemy understand and approach human nature and human dilemmas; and
  • Assess the relevance of alchemical principles and mythological metaphors for psychological work.

6 CEs Available

Collage of Elise Crohn's art studio at Juicy Creatives

About The Presenter

Headshot of Janet Muff, MSN, RN, Jungian Analyst

Janet Muff, MSN, RN, Jungian Analyst

is a senior analyst and faculty member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She has been studying the Atalanta Fugiens for more than twenty years. Through the two-way “conversation” that has developed during that time, the events in her life have brought understanding and meaning to this alchemical manuscript and, in return, the manuscript has brought understanding and meaning to her life and analytic work.

Date & Time

March 20, 2020
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

& Reception
6:30 p.m.

We will have a lovely reception in the Atrium with drinks and appetizers.

The lecture starts at 7:30pm

March 21, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m.

With coffee and tea service in the meeting room.

*Lunch Buffet included*


Friday Workshop Only

Friday Workshop + 2 CEs
(CEs $3 each)

Saturday Workshop Only

Saturday Workshop + 6 CEs
(CEs $3 each)



Thursday, Mar 19th at 5:00 p.m.



Anyone wanting to book a hotel room can call Tara Wengert directly at 954-315-1328 for our special price of $259.00

View New Registration Policy

Due to past difficulties with workshop participants not attending when they say they will pay at the door, we, unfortunately, have to institute a policy whereby all registrations now have to be made online or by check/mail by the deadline. As a Non-Profit organization, we need to do our best to optimize the donations and time we are so grateful to receive from supporters, members, and volunteers. Having accurate attendee numbers by each event registration deadline (this one is Thursday, March 19th) is one of the best ways we can do accomplish this. For us, miscounts lead to wasted costs we can’t afford.

We are more than happy to assist anyone who encounters any inconvenience registering online or who are used to paying at the door. We welcome you to please reach out to us by calling 954-525-4682 or emailing info@jungfl.org.


Embassy Suites by Hilton
1100 SE 17th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33316

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